Wellness - Yoga


Wellness Programs

Yoga at Fernwood

Winter Yoga

Saturdays, 2–4pm
December 1 & 15; January 5; February 2

Relax and rejuvenate this winter with meditation teacher and University of Notre Dame research professor, Deirdre Guthrie, in our new offering: enjoy vinyasa yoga for the first hour, with the option to stay for a second hour of forest bathing, Yoga Nidra, and guided meditation. Please note that classes are weather dependent. Register ahead so we have your information in case of cancellation.

First Hour Yoga only: $12 (Members $10)
2 Hour Yoga & Nidra/Meditation: $24 (Members $20)
Registration required by 4pm on the previous Friday.
Click on the dates above to register.

Wellbeing Workshop

All of the programs below can be facilitated on-site in the gardens or travel to your location and customized to your unique context. They can include some combination of sensory awareness, movement and guided meditation or other wisdom practice using nature as a catalyst for our human potential.

Contact instructor, Deirdre Guthrie, to set up a free consultation at dguthrie@fernwoodbotanical.org.

Ongoing weekly classes accessible to all levels that combine yin/yang elements to both strengthen and restore the body-mind-spirit! Look for special outdoor seasonal “wellbeing festival” events that include guest instructors, live music, massage tables, vendors and more!

These workshops incorporate mindfulness and reconnection to our own inner nature as we engage in sensory walks, explore micro-environments, create collages and poetry inspired by natural elements, and allow ourselves to be guided in meditation. Two retreats are offered each season: winter, spring, summer and fall.

Circles are an ancient way of gathering together to restore our profound interconnection. We may need to repair harm that resulted from some unmet need, strengthen our connection to community or tell our own stories in a safe container. Examples of groups: men/women, youth/teens, parents, seniors/retirees, peers/colleagues, cancer survivors, those living with chronic illness/pain, healing from addiction support.  

Customized to acknowledge the power and meaning of our collective life transitions and celebrations (births, divorce, grieving, anniversaries, weddings/unions, house/barn blessings), Deirdre will work with you to co-create a ritual to honor these sacred times in our lives.


Adults/General Public
- The Science of Awe and Beauty

- Embracing impermanence  
- Storytelling and the cycles of life
- The web of our interconnection  
- Sustainability of self (self-care practices) and our environment

- Compassionate, Embodied Leadership
- Harnessing states of Flow (enhanced focus, engagement, absorption, pleasure)
- Team building

- Kindness Practices
- Technology Detox

Reclaiming Our Nature Contemplative Program: Winter Retreats

Saturday, January 19 &
Saturday, February 16, 1–4pm

Our seasonally themed contemplative retreats continue into winter, drawing on the beauty of the snow-covered gardens to awaken our senses. Meditation teacher and University of Notre Dame research professor, Deirdre Guthrie, guides us through our own inner landscapes of well-being,
as we honor this time of hibernation and reflection. Please dress for gentle movement with warm layers for an outdoor walk. Lunch is available beforehand in the Café starting at noon.  

$42 (Members $34)
Register by January 15 & February 12.
Click on the dates above to register.

About the Instructor
Deirdre is a research professor, storyteller and anthropologist investigating and practicing in the area of human flourishing and social-ecological justice. In this capacity she serves as a principal investigator on the Well Being at Work Project at the University of Notre Dame. Click here to continue.

What people are saying...

“Deirdre came to our barn before the commitment ceremony and created such a beautiful yoga practice for us to share before the big day. She really listened during the consult and prepared such a sweet closing meditation for our group, celebrating love and our friendship!”  
- Molly, bridesmaid

“I absolutely loved the spring retreat and found it to be very nourishing and healing for my soul! Thank you so very much for your time, attention, and planning. I had looked forward to the retreat for weeks, and am so appreciative, and grateful for the gift of peace, comfort, and refreshment.”
- Christine, teacher